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Rays spring training tickets available on Jan. 14

Rays spring training tickets available on Jan. 14

St. Petersburg, Florida - The Tampa Bay Rays have announced the process for purchasing single-game tickets for 2011 spring training.

The Rays begin their third spring training season at Charlotte Sports Park in Charlotte County, Florida, on Saturday, Feb. 26 against the Pittsburgh Pirates at 1:05 p.m.

Single-game tickets will go on sale this week, based upon availability, according to the following:

Tucson tragedy has Buchanan concerned for constituents

Tucson tragedy has Buchanan concerned for constituents

Sarasota, FL -- Following the tragedy in Tucson, Ariz.,  Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, says he's more concerned for his constituents and democracy than he is for his own safety.

"Members of Congress need access to the constituents so we can better do our job," Buchanan said Monday night.

Buchanan was entertaining dozens of constituents at a meet-and-greet at his new district office in Sarasota's federal building. 

The event was similar to the one Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was hosting on Saturday when she was nearly shot dead.

Pine View student wins national math contest

Pine View student wins national math contest

Osprey, FL -- Anthony Grebe, a junior at Pine View School, won $6,000 in the math game Who Wants to Be a Mathematician, Friday Jan. 7 at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in New Orleans. Anthony finished in second place among ten contestants.

According to Sarasota County Schools, Anthony plans to use the money for college. He also won a TI-Nspire graphing calculator donated by Texas Instruments. Of the $6,000 prize, Anthony will get half with the other half going to the math department at Pine View.

Officials: Gator isn't naturally orange

VENICE, Florida (AP) -- Sylvia Mythen snapped a photo when she spotted an orange alligator sunning beside a neighborhood canal.

Pictures: Alligators wrangled, hunted around Florida

Wildlife officials said Thursday the gator is not naturally orange. Experts with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have scrutinized the photo and determined the color is not genetic. They believe the gator was somehow covered in paint or an orange substance.

But that hasn't stopped the fun for Mythen, who is in her 70s. She wanted to share the photo of the brightly colored gator with her grandchildren in Indiana. She says she snapped the photo in the Sorrento Woods neighborhood, where she often does volunteer work.

Venice neighborhood surprised by "orange" gator

UPDATE: Gary Morse with the FWC tells 10 News the gator is not an albino, and that it probably submerged in something that created that color, such as rust.

VENICE, FL - One Venice neighborhood had quite a shock Wednesday when they met their newest neighbor.

Resident's here at Sorrento Woods say it's usually pretty quiet there, but a new neighbor has people talking.

Pictures: Alligators wrangled, hunted around Florida

"When I was coming back from work this morning I passed by, and I thought I saw what I thought I saw, but I had to back up and come and look again." Sylvia Mythen says she barely believed her eyes. "It was indeed an orange alligator."

Sarasota police: 'Craigslist robbers' caught

Sarasota police: 'Craigslist robbers' caught

Sarasota, Florida - Police say two men have been charged in a series of robberies that used the Craigslist website to set up bogus iPhone sales.

Eli Victor Robertson Jr., 25, and John G. Thomas Jr., 19, are charged with several counts of Armed Robbery with a Firearm. Additional charges are pending.

Detectives say items belonging to their victims were recovered from the Bradenton residence the men shared, along with three firearms and a number of computers.

The suspects used Craigslist.com to offer iPhones for sale, set up meetings with prospective buyers unusually on North Tamiami Trail and robbed the victims at gunpoint, detectives said.

Police said the Manatee County Sheriff's Office and U.S. Marshal's Service took part in the investigation.


Three Florida public colleges ranked "100 Best Values" for 2011

Sarasota, Florida - New College in Sarasota ranks high in Kiplinger's list of "100 Best Values in Public Colleges" for 2011.

University of Florida ranks #2, New College #11 and Florida State University ranks #20

New College sent out this press release today.

(January 4, 2011) - Kiplinger's Personal Finance ranked New College of Florida #11 on its annual ranking of the "100 Best Values in Public Colleges" for 2011. This year marks the eighth consecutive time that New College has placed among the nation's top 20 public colleges overall on the Kiplinger's list of schools delivering a stellar education at an affordable price.

The special report and complete rankings are available in the February 2011 issue of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine and online at http://www.kiplinger.com/tools/colleges.